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Old 05-25-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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Achievement Guide and RoadMap

This is my first Achievement Guide I've ever done so bear with me please :P

Roadmap Overview

- Estimated Achievement Difficulty: 3-4/10(Dependent on Skill)
- Offline Achievements: 14 (200)
- Online Achievements: 0 (0)
- Approximate Time for 200 : 4-8 hours(Dependent on Skill)
- Minimum Number of Playthroughs Needed for Completion: 1
- Number of Missable Achievements: 0
- Glitched Achievements: None
- Do Cheat Codes Disable Achievements: No Cheats
- Does Difficulty Affect Achievements: No

Hydro Thunder is a Boat Racing game for WP7. One of the best games so far to come to the Windows Phone. After a little practice and learning the level shortcuts, you shouldn't have much trouble getting a fun 200 with some of the best visuals on the phone to date.

Achievement Guide

Cha Ching! 25
Earn 1,000 credits (See "Show me the Money")

Spare Change 10
Earn 5,000 credits (See "Show me the Money")

Big Earner 10
Earn 10,000 credits (See "Show me the Money")

Show me the Money 10
Earn 25,000 credits

You get credits for placing in a race. The amount depends on Difficulty of Boat you are using and what place you finish. This should come naturally through play. I was at 40,000 credits when I got the 200. If you don't have this by the time you complete the other achievements, you can always replay any race until you have won enough.

Splish Splash 35
Earn a Trophy

Just finish a race in 1st, 2nd or 3rd to unlock this achievement.

Right on Time 35
Complete a Time Attack race.

Simply finish a race in time attack mode.

It's a Start 20
Earn a Bronze trophy or better on all stages.(See "Golden Delicious")

Golden Delicious 10
Earn a Gold trophy or better on all stages.

There are three classes of vehicles. Expert, Pro and Novice. Each has it's own medal class. The description of this achievement is misleading. Unlike "It's a Start" where all you have to do is earn at least a bronze on any stage regardless of boat class, Golden delicious will only unlock if you place 1st on each level with an Expert Vehicle.

The fastest way is to complete a couple of races until you unlock an expert vehicle and win every level with an expert vehicle which will stack the two achievements.

Tick Tick Tick 10
Beat all par times in Time Attack

There are nine stages in time trial each with a time to beat. Not too difficult, just practice and learn the levels and always use an Expert vehicle because they are the fastest. Personally I used "Cutthroat" throughout the whole game.

Taste my Wake 10
Download and beat a ghost in Time Attack

Go to Time Attack mode, select your stage and vehicle and on the left side of your screen you will see a leaderboard. Pick the Ghost with the longest par time and beat him.

Turbo Starter 10
Turbo Start in a race by tapping the screen in sync with the countdown

This one can be a bit tricky and takes some practice. You need to tap each number as it is counting down. Tap 3, Tap 2, Tap 1 and on Go move the throttle in the bottom right of your screen into full throttle. If you do it right you will start the race with a boost and have boost power burning.

Looong Waaay Down! 5
Be Airborne over 13 seconds

Go to the stage "The Far East" and select the vehicle Rad Hazard. You will come to a huge waterfall. Jump off the Waterfall and let off the boost. you will hang in the air for around 16 seconds.


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Reckless Yachting 5
Destroyed all Gondols in Venice in a single race

There are seven gondolas(Long pointy boats that look like canoes:P) throughout the venice level. All you have to do is make contact with one to destroy it. Take the level slow keeping your thrusters low. There are 2 laps in the race. On the first lap, stick to the main route, on the second lap, take the alternate routes and shortcuts to search for them.

OverDrive 5
Had Boost activated through-out a whole race.

You have to get a turbo start for this to work. Just get a turbo start and make sure your boost doesnt run out the whole race.

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Old 05-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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Wow nice job dude. Still thinking whether or not to get the game (I liked the demo) but if I get it thank you sir for putting this up.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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Great guide mate, nice one.

Regarding Turbo Starter, I am not sure if it is necessary to manually adjust the throttle. What I was doing was to just tap the screen on 3, 2, 1 *and* go, and it seems to put me into full throttle with boost active. I got the achievement this way, so it seems to count as a 'proper' boost start. Is a bit easier than having to worry about the throttle.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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A way to boost start easier is when the race loads and says touch screen to continue, swipe the right side of the screen up. If you do this correctly right at the location of the the throttle, the throttle will be up the whole way and give you an easy opportunity to time the taps of the countdown.

Great job for your first guide. This game is one of my favorites on my phone!
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:05 AM   #5
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Looong Waaay Down! 5
Be Airborne over 13 seconds
Go to the stage "The Far East" and select the vehicle Rad Hazard. You will come to a huge waterfall. Jump off the Waterfall and let off the boost. you will hang in the air for around 16 seconds.

I do not believe this is correct. I did this several times and landing at the rock pole didn't get the cheevo.
I jumped the waterfall and left the boost on. I landed where the two boats are just sitting in the water and the cheevo popped right away.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:16 AM   #6
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A way to boost start easier is when the race loads and says touch screen to continue, swipe the right side of the screen up. If you do this correctly right at the location of the the throttle, the throttle will be up the whole way and give you an easy opportunity to time the taps of the countdown.

Great job for your first guide. This game is one of my favorites on my phone!
But as I say, when I do the taps, it puts the throttle fully up for me? Is this just me, or am I completely misunderstanding something (entirely possible) ? I never have to touch the throttle at all.

Could somebody else try this, please? It certainly is a lot easier when you don't have to worry about the throttle, and only need to tap four times to be off.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:52 AM   #7
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But as I say, when I do the taps, it puts the throttle fully up for me? Is this just me, or am I completely misunderstanding something (entirely possible) ? I never have to touch the throttle at all.

Could somebody else try this, please? It certainly is a lot easier when you don't have to worry about the throttle, and only need to tap four times to be off.
Just tested your method. Works great.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:48 PM   #8
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Looong Waaay Down! 5
Be Airborne over 13 seconds
Go to the stage "The Far East" and select the vehicle Rad Hazard. You will come to a huge waterfall. Jump off the Waterfall and let off the boost. you will hang in the air for around 16 seconds.

I do not believe this is correct. I did this several times and landing at the rock pole didn't get the cheevo.
I jumped the waterfall and left the boost on. I landed where the two boats are just sitting in the water and the cheevo popped right away.
I can confirm that the achievement pops when you leave the boost on. I didn't try letting off the boost though.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:17 PM   #9
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WPCentral posted the map for Venice Canals today along with all Gondola locations:

Hydro Thunder GO update and Venice Canals map cross the finish line
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:18 PM   #10
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When the game was 1st released i didnt know why people were saying there was a glitched achievement i did everything it said and i got it same thing for super monkey ball except for the collected all bananas in one world without dying
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Golden Delicious - Earn a Gold trophy on all stages with an Expert boat.


I am thinking the update fixed the achievement description?
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Golden Delicious - Earn a Gold trophy on all stages with an Expert boat.

I am thinking the update fixed the achievement description?
Yep, the devs promised to do that when I interviewed 'em a few months back. Pretty cool of them.
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Looong Waaay Down! 5
Be Airborne over 13 seconds
Go to the stage "The Far East" and select the vehicle Rad Hazard. You will come to a huge waterfall. Jump off the Waterfall and let off the boost. you will hang in the air for around 16 seconds.

I do not believe this is correct. I did this several times and landing at the rock pole didn't get the cheevo.
I jumped the waterfall and left the boost on. I landed where the two boats are just sitting in the water and the cheevo popped right away.
After 3 attempts at this achievement, I thought "I must be doing something wrong." I read this tip about leaving turbo ON, and got the achievement on my first try. Thanks.


=EDIT= Also, I think the road map is a little off. I could get 200 gamerscore three times in eight hours. I would give this game NO HIGHER THAN a 3/10 for difficulty and NO MORE THAN 4 hours to complete.
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After 3 attempts at this achievement, I thought "I must be doing something wrong." I read this tip about leaving turbo ON, and got the achievement on my first try. Thanks.


=EDIT= Also, I think the road map is a little off. I could get 200 gamerscore three times in eight hours. I would give this game NO HIGHER THAN a 3/10 for difficulty and NO MORE THAN 4 hours to complete.
I can confirm that one more time. Tried several times without boost and it just won't work. Then i saved a full boost bar and activated it just before jumping, left it on all the way down, landed near the two stationary ships, and it worked 1st try.
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Hydro Thunder GO update and Venice Canals map cross the finish line
Thanks very much for the map, very helpful!
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Thanks for the guide.

A few additional tips:

1) For "A Looong Waaay Down", like it has been said, make sure you activate boost before going off the waterfall and JUMP, and keep boost activated the whole time (make sure you have a full boost bar). You need to land near the two boats that you must go through, otherwise the achievement will not pop. Also it pops instantly, you dont need to finish the level.

2) For "Turbo Starter," you do not need to worry about the throttle at all. Just tap the screen right after the 3, 2, 1, and the GO. It instantly gives you full throttle and boost and the achievement. This was simple, not sure why the guide says it is tricky.

3) You would have to be horrible at this game to take 8 hours to complete it. I did it in 3 hours. I personally would adjust the completion time for the guide to 2-5 hours, depending only on skill. The difficulty is most certainly not a 4 IMO. I would set it at a 3/10.

4) It may cut down on you time (which is what I did) if you win the Expert Boat gold trophy in Race Mode on a certain map, then switch out to Time Attack mode immediately after on the same map while you are still familiar with the shortcuts and red boost locations. After getting gold in the race, I only had to play each level once in Time attack to beat the par times (with a few exceptions).
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